Taron Egerton is Suddenly Seymour in New “Little Shop of Horrors” Movie?

Little Shop with Jonathan Groff

Taron Egerton was a fabulous Elton John in “Rocketman” and got robbed of an Oscar nomination after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy). How can you win like that and then not even get nominated for an Oscar? Okay, it happened to Madonna. But well…

Well, all that’s really important is that we get to see Taron conquer more great roles. So luckily, there’s now an announcement that Taron is being sought to play Seymour in “Little House of Horrors”.

“Little Shop”, as with so many other movie projects I’ve covered over the past few weeks, has moved forth and back and forth between film and stage. It was birthed in 1960 as a Roger Corman production shot in two days to take advantage of some sets leftover from another production. It featured Jack Nicholson in an early role and his presence allowed the movie to stay alive on TV reruns which most likely led to the off-Broadway version in 1982 written by Alan Mencken and Howard Ashman, the pair that went on to revive Disney with “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Aladdin”.

The musical became a movie in 1986 directed by Frank Oz (Yoda), with a controversial happy ending, then more stage revivals before finally hitting Broadway. Most recently, Jonathan Groff starred in an off-Broadway production that’s still running (although Groff isn’t still playing Seymour). Groff would have been excellent in the new film version but I’ll take Egerton.

As for Audrey, who sings “Suddenly Seymour”, that casting isn’t quite so exciting. The funniest thing I read today was an article on this subject from a site called Celebitchy that added “and unfortunately, Scarlett Johansson might be in it too.” Nuff said.

Whatever the origin of these musical movies, let’s just hope they’re good and justify being remade. And if they’re not, just wait 20-30 years and they’ll be remade again.

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